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I have a little girl who is 5 months old. She seems to be getting sick alot. She has had a mild case of rsv, two ear infections, and two upper respotority (ms) infections. Well last week i took her to the doctor. She wasn't feeling well. That is when i found out she had an ear infection and the URI. They put her on amoxcillin again. This is the second time. Well this morning she woke up and just sounded horrible. She hasn't been running a fever at all. I took her to daycare and she said. That when LeeAnn woke up from her nap that she just sound so congested and that she has snot all over her and her face was really red. When i picked her up her face was still red and she didn't look good at all. Her right eye waters alot lately too. I feel so bad. She has been on amoxicillin for a week now and she sounds worse then when i took her to the doctor. I am a first time mom. I worry about her. I take her to the doctor every time she makes a cough. I don't want to be a freak. Plus she is on zantac and i have been told that people on that are more likely to get pnemouia. So i getting really worried that if i don't take her that she will get really sick. I guess i just wonder why she isn't getting any better. It's the amoxicilln suppose to be making her better. I just really don't know what to do for her.
She could just have a nasty viral infection, that's why the amoxicillin isn't working. My son and I both have had one. Mine was worse than his, but he was very snotty and stuff. My cough has gotten worse instead of better in the last few days as this stuff tries to clear out of my lungs. Neither of us ran fever, but we both felt like crap.

They probably gave you the antibiotics to hopefully prevent her from getting pneumonia or something, but that doesn't mean they'll maker her feel better if she has a viral infection. They are finding out that even 50% of ear infections are viral.

Of course, keep a close eye on her. Just because they gave you antibiotics doesn't mean she still couldn't develop pneumonia. There is some evidence that giving antibiotics to prevent pneumonia doesn't always work. But as long as she isn't running fever, I'd think she doesn't have pneumonia. Bacterial infections will normally cause a high fever, where viral infections sometimes won't cause one at all.

I think it's just going to be a case of time and her immunity building. I remember my son going through a stage from about 4-10 months when it seemed like he was ALWAYS sick. I think it's normal to a certain extent, as their immune system has to build itself up.